BUENOS AIRES 2009: Vertical Zoo in front of Puerto Madero


1st Prize
Ki Ok Lee, Sang Hyup Kim / South Korea

2nd Prize
Jill Stoner, Ibone Sontiago, Eduardo Pintos / USA, Spain

3rd Prize
Jung Dawoon / South Korea

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The “Vertical Zoo” will comprise a basic design that will occupy a constructed area no greater than 3000 square meters. The project will be located in the Costanera Sur Ecological Reserve.

Category Idea Competition / Competition Result / Open to Students
Type International, Idea, Open, Single-Stage, Anonymous
Genre Zoo
Country Buenos Aires, Argentine
Registration Deadline 2 November 2009 (See "Entry Fee" below) GoogleCal iCal
Submission Deadline 2 November 2009 (via Online)
Eligibility Architects and landscape architects and architecture students could be a professor, but is not mandatory)

Buenos Aires, one of the most important cities in South America, has transferred the focus of its most ambitious building projects to a new area which has experienced increasing growth, redevelopment and revitalization in recent years: Puerto Madero. After heavy state investment and a rapid process of urban consolidation in the 90s, Puerto Madero went from being an obsolete storage area for the port facilities to a fashion center not only for new real estate developments (lofts and high end apartment buildings), but also as a center for boutique hotels, luxury restaurants and state‐of‐the‐art shopping malls.
To the east of Puerto Madero, between this exclusive neighborhood and Rio de la Plata, the “Costanera Sur” Ecological Reserve is located. This is a natural space of “artificial” origin situated on a large area of land reclaimed from the river when it was filled with the rubble from the demolition work undertaken during the construction of the highway system in the 70s and 80s. While the city was making a decision on what to do with this new area, an ecosystem of grasslands, lakes and wooded areas began to develop spontaneously, until finally the area was declared a Protected Natural Reserve in 1986.
That is why it has been decided that for this competition the project under consideration should be a “VERTICAL ZOO” in the middle of the reserve which will seek to accentuate the natural character and the recreational and leisure vocation of the zone as it has developed over the years. By adding a zoo to the existing space, the idea is to provide new meaning and a final use to the Costanera Sur Ecological Reserve, an issue which has been the motive of debate for many years, through a project that will consolidate the area as a place where residents can get away from what is an increasingly crowded and cosmopolitan city.

Clorindo Testa (architect)
Marcelo Vila (architect)
Oscar Soler (architect)
Tomas Dagnino (architect)

1st PRIZE: US $ 3,000 and 2 air fares to Buenos Aires to attend the prize‐giving ceremony and the exhibition and Accommodation for 3 nights for 2 persons in Buenos Aires and a guided visit and architectural tour
2nd PRIZE: US $ 1,000
3rd PRIZE and 9 HONORABLE MENTIONS: publication

Entry Fee
Earlybird: US $ 100 (August 31 2009)
Registration: US $ 150 (October 5th 2009)
Late Registration: US $ 200 (November 2nd 2009)

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Jury Evaluations: November 3rd to November 23rd, 2009
Winners Announced: November 24 , 2009
Buenos Aires Exhibition: December, 2009


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